August 23, 1980 |
Spartanburg, South Carolina
|June 6, 2007, for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 28, 2007, for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Earned run average||5.95|
Marcus Andre McBeth (born August 23, 1980 in Spartanburg, South Carolina) is a right-handed former professional baseball relief pitcher. He has played part of one season in Major League Baseball, in 2007 for the Cincinnati Reds.
McBeth was selected out of the University of South Carolina in the fourth round of the June 2001 Major League Baseball Draft by the Oakland Athletics as a center fielder. He never produced much with the bat during his first three years of professional baseball; he batted just .233 (205 for 881) with 19 home runs and 111 runs batted in. He did, however, show a strong arm and was persuaded to give pitching a shot. Splitting 2005 between Kane County (Single-A), the Arizona A's (Rookie League) and Stockton (Single-A), McBeth posted a 2-2 record and an earned run average of 3.62 over 25 appearances (all relief) and 31.1 innings pitched.
McBeth started the 2006 season in Stockton as the team's closer. He was not scored upon in eight appearances, while also racking up seven saves. He was immediately promoted to Midland (Double-A), where he saved 25 games, posted an ERA of 2.48 and allowing opposing hitters to a paltry .213 batting average.
His success at the Double-A level prompted yet another promotion, to the Triple-A Sacramento RiverCats. Success was harder to come by at the minors' highest level; in 7.1 innings, he surrendered nine runs and failed to register a single save. Still, McBeth's composite 2006 numbers were impressive: 3-3 record, 3.07 ERA, 32 saves and an opponents' batting average of .198 in 70⅓ innings pitched.
In November 2006, McBeth was placed on the A's 40-man roster, preventing him from being chosen by another team via the Rule 5 Draft. In April 2007, McBeth was traded by the A's to the Cincinnati Reds, along with minor league pitcher Ben Jukich, for outfielder Chris Denorfia.
On July 31, 2009, McBeth was called up to join the Red Sox bullpen following the trade of Justin Masterson. He was optioned the following day without making an appearance. In October 2009, McBeth was granted free agency.
In 2010, he returned to the Athletics, and appeared in 14 games for the River Cats. He was granted free agency after the 2010 season.
McBeth features a fastball that in 2005 was clocked as high as 93 miles per hour. He also features a slider and a changeup. His changeup has improved with the assistance of A's pitching coordinator (and former big-league hurler) Ron Romanick.
2006 Oakland Athletics Media Guide. Pg. 387. Produced by the Oakland Athletics Public Relations Department.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Scout.com: Prospect Q&A: Marcus McBeth, RP (5/9/06)
- Scout.com: Prospect Q&A: Marcus McBeth, RP (11/21/06)
- BaseballAmerica.com: 2006 Player Statistics: Marcus McBeth
- CalLeaguers.com: Marcus McBeth 2005